Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex fast bowler Ollie Robinson were included in England’s Test cricket squad for the first time on Tuesday for a two-match series against New Zealand next month.

Bracey has scored 478 county championship runs at 53 this season, while Robinson has taken 29 wickets at 14.

Bracey and Robinson were visiting reserves for England’s Winter Test events in Sri Lanka and India, and were part of the extended squad for last year’s closed-door series against the West Indies and Pakistan.

Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton, who last performed for England in a Test in September 2019, was recalled, but the multi-format players Moin Ali, Johnny Bairstow, Jose Butler, Sam Curren and Chris Woakes were canceled. After completing a quarantine period was given rest. Of the Indian Premier League earlier this month.

All-rounder Ben Stokes (finger fracture) and pacer Joffra Archer (elbow injury) were not considered for selection.

The first Test against New Zealand starts at Lord’s on 2 June.

Shaft: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jack Crowley, Ben Fox, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Ollie Stone and Mark Wood.

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